This bestselling series of culture & etiquette guides covering countless destinations around the globe provides a sympathetic & fun- filled crash course on the dos & don'ts in foreign cultures, and is designed to enlighten & inform through topics like language, food & entertaining, social customs, festivals & much more.
While the book does do a minimally acceptable job of summarizing the idiosyncrasies of Chilean culture, the authors' dead-on-arrival writing style, aforementioned class bias, and inability to scratch below the surface of Santiago's social elite, make this a ...more
Things I learned:
It's polite to be late to social events.
There is corn with kernels so large that popcorn is the size of golf balls.
New Year's is in the middle of the summer (duh) so it involves BBQs, the beach and fireworks. Doesn't that sound funner than setting off a brick of fir ...more
I would use this book to teach about the diversity of cultures from around the world. I would focus on how different words or language is across the world and help students to pronounce words like Tangata Manu which is a festival celebrated on Easter Island by Chileans.
The author provided (as the authors in this series always do) a huge amount of detail on the festivals of Chile. Not only were t ...more
"With the exception of artists, gays remain in the closet. It would be rare to meet an openly gay couple." Seriously, was this written in the 80's?
"While the pill is is relatively inexpensive, the cost is still prohibitive for lower income sectors." The pill is given for free!!!!
"VISITING A CHILEAN HOME....Tips on Socialising • Dress nicely, no jeans"
"As recently as a few years ago, women would not venture out ...more